P076747 - Social Worker (AMHP)

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/02/2021 23:59
£37,890 - £40,876
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Civic Centre
Number of posts:
Closing date:
23 Feb
Further Information

We are seeking to appoint an experienced, Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) to provide assessment, care and support to residents of Gateshead. We have recently redesigned our model regarding how Gateshead’s AMHP service responds to referrals for MHA work and now operate a dedicated core AMHP team model.

The core AMHP team is part of the overall Mental Health team and consists of dedicated core AMHP’s who, will receive support from the AMHP Lead, Senior Practitioner and Team Manager. Core team AMHPs will undertake MHA assessments, carry a reduced complex caseload, support less experienced staff and be prepared to offer supervision to AMHP students and consider completing the Practice Educator training.

It is essential as an AMHP you have excellent leadership, communication and ICT skills. You must have the ability to work as part of a team but also use your own initiative. A commitment to equal opportunities, anti-oppressive practice and interagency working are also essential. The management and organisation of workload including the ability to appropriately prioritise tasks and manage competing demands competing demands is also essential.

It is essential that you have up to date knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007) and its interface with the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014, Human Rights Act 1998 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards along with knowledge of case law and relevant Codes of Practice, as well as the ability to interpret this legislation and apply it to practice while adhering to the Local Authority's statutory responsibilities.

We have excellent legal support and provide AMHP refresher training and an opportunity to meet with regional AMHPs. Gateshead also has a dedicated AMHP forum and individual supervision is provided. Gateshead is committed to ongoing training and development and quality improvement.

Essential qualifications are Social Work qualification or equivalent i.e. MA or BA in Social Work, Dip SW CQSW or CSS with two years post-registration experience. Or be a qualified Nurse, Occupational Therapist or chartered Psychologist with the skills and experience specified in the regulations – this includes two years post-registration experience.

It is essential is that you hold post graduate certificate as an Approved Mental Health Professional. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate a breadth of current practice experience in this specialist field of work. and be approved by a local authority and be registered with Social Work England.

You will also have a current driving licence and access to a car or mobility support. Gateshead does offer the opportunity to use Co-wheels (where available) as an alternative to using your own vehicle. A commitment to continuous professional development and a willingness to undertake relevant training as required by the Local Authority and in keeping with MHA regulations regarding the maintaining of AMHP status.

It is essential that you have the ability to analyse information, assess risk and levels of need in line with eligibility criteria and have experience of working aged adults with mental health needs and their carers. You will have experience of undertaking assessments and applying relevant criteria and where necessary identifying appropriate services to meet eligible needs. You must have experience of managing risk and being involved in the safeguarding process.

If successful you will have to apply for and enhanced Disclosure.

For more info please contact Emma Brown at emmabrown@gateshead.gov.uk

Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk

Please note
This job is closed for applications.